Food Aid To Run Out For Ethiopia's Tigray This Week, 900,000 Facing Starvation

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Food Aid To Run Out For Ethiopia's Tigray This Week, 900,000 Facing Starvation

According to Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), food will run out this week for millions of people facing famine in Ethiopia. The US agency blames the Ethiopian government for restricting access.

In a statement, Power says, "USAID and its partners as well as other humanitarian organizations have depleted their stores of food items warehoused in Tigray, ... People in Tigray are starving with up to 900,000 in famine conditions and more than five million in desperate need of humanitarian assistance ... This shortage is not because food is unavailable, but because the Ethiopian Government is obstructing humanitarian aid and personnel, including land convoys and air access." The Ethiopian government dismissed allegations that it was "purposely blocking humanitarian assistance".

The U.N. warned that more than 100,000 children in Tigray could die from starvation soon. Saviano Abreu, from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters, "Across all sectors, available aid supplies in Tigray are extremely depleted, and humanitarian operations may be forced to cease if more ... aid convoys do not arrive imminently". According to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called for unrestricted aid access and a ceasefire, "Humanitarian conditions are hellish. Millions of people are in need. Infrastructure has been destroyed. We have heard first-hand accounts of women who have been subjected to unspeakable violence, ... The spread of the conflict has ensnared even more people in its horror,"

Since November, Ethiopian federal government forces and forces from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) have been engaged in a war that has killed thousands, caused a refugee crisis, ethnic cleansing, systematic rape, and a massive humanitarian crisis that keeps growing.

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